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August Wilson’s


March 31 – April 28, 2024


By August Wilson

Directed by Gregg T. Daniel

March 31 – April 28, 2024

King Hedley II continues A Noise Within’s commitment to August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, engaging with characters that exist throughout these epic plays. After seven years in prison, an ambitious and proud King re-enters society eager to rebuild his life, but quickly confronts the inescapable challenges facing Black men in Reagan-era Pittsburgh. King’s aspirations come in conflict with the stories he’s been telling himself, and he insists on planting seeds where nothing can grow.

Featuring the continued partnership of Director Gregg T. Daniel and A Noise Within on Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
Content Advisory: Contains adult language and depictions of violence including gunshot sound effects. This production will use haze and e-cigarettes. Recommended for mature audiences ages 13 and up.

[A] MASTER CLASS IN ACTING ...crisp and clear-eyed direction… beautifully realized.”
-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

EXHILARATING ...alluring and inspiring … a skilled director, a talented group of actors, and a remarkable script.”
-Joe Mosqueda, Glamgical

STAGE RAW TOP 10… RECOMMENDED ...[director] Gregg T. Daniel unerringly taps into the wellspring of Wilson’s genius… [a] superb cast.”
-F. Kathleen Foley, Stage Raw

DYNAMIC ...… [a] prime example of Black Excellence in theatre that cannot be missed… Shakespearean in nature… gorgeous and efficient direction… each and every [cast member] are absolute knockouts in the talent department.”
-Edward Hong, The Nerds of Color

BRILLIANT ...a gorgeous production of this beautifully written play… every actor is intensely good [and] utterly in the moment… magical.”
-Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros,

King Hedley II Production Photos

Gerald C. Rivers. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


Aaron Jennings, Christian Henley. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


Christian Henley, Aaron Jennings, Veralyn Jones and Kacie Rogers. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


Aaron Jennings. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


Kacie Rogers, Aaron Jennings, Ben Cain and Veralyn Jones. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


The Ensemble. Photo by Craig Schwartz.


“August Wilson’s King Hedley II” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

artists + cast

The Artists


§ The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

† Designer is represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA-829 of the IATSE

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

ANW Resident Artist

Header photo by Daniel Reichert. Pictured: Aaron Jennings.

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